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review 2018-04-11 18:46
Girl Harry Potter in Nigeria
Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor

Sunny is an outcast. Albino, returned from living overseas, ahead of her older classmates academically, and forced to live with the limitations of staying out of the sun, she has many challenges holding her down. When new friends introduce her to the magical world she was born to power in, she discovers that her flaws fuel her greatest strengths and she is absolutely necessary.

 

I loved this. The writing style is clear, direct, and seamless. The world-building is flawless and fascinating - I don't have any particular familiarity with Nigeria, but was able to understand everything I needed to just through context. The plot is unusual in that it doesn't seem to build in a steady arc toward the dramatic finale, but rather spends much of its runtime in letting its characters explore the limits of their newly expanded, magical world, and yet at no point was I bored or distracted.

 

I loved the way it treated the teen protagonists with respect; they were challenged to high standards, punished for failures and disobedience, and allowed to take risks for a worthy cause. There are good and not-so-good parental figures. The magic system was fascinating, believable (as far as these things go) and richly detailed. Loved the way knowledge was literally wealth, and the nuance it gave to abuses of power, morality/ethics, and navigating an uncertain, adult world -- there was a lot of scope to explore big ideas without putting them in boxes. Can't wait to read the sequel, and I'm ordering all her backlist to marathon as well.

 

The only trouble with books like this is that whatever I read next seems dull in comparison!

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review 2018-04-05 17:10
4.3 Out of 5 "no one asks for THAT" Stars
Asking for it - Louise T. O'Neill

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Asking For It

Louise O'Neill

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Emma O'Donovan is eighteen, beautiful, and fearless. It's the beginning of summer in a quiet Irish town and tonight she and her friends have dressed to impress. Everyone is at the party, and all eyes are on Emma. The next morning Emma's parents discover her collapsed on the doorstop of their home, unconscious. She is disheveled, bleeding, and disoriented, looking as if she had been dumped there. To her distress, Emma can't remember what happened the night before. All she knows is that none of her friends will respond to her texts. At school, people turn away from her and whisper under their breath. Her mind may be a blank as far as the events of the previous evening, but someone has posted photos of it on Facebook under a fake account, "Easy Emma"-photos she will never be able to forget. As the photos go viral and a criminal investigation is launched, the community is thrown into tumult. The media descends, neighbors chose sides, and people from all over the world want to talk about her story. Everyone has something to say about Emma. Contains mature themes.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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How do you rate a book, that not only physically hurts to read but also has characters that are actually quite unlikable?  And yet, embeds itself under your skin and into your head. It will make you think about rape culture and how the world perceives a girl who is "asking for it".  It demonstrates the small-mindedness of some.  It shows cyber-bullying at it's very worse.  Asking For It is a raw, gritty read filled with overwhelming sadness, but at the same time feels like it needs to be read.

 

This is superbly written, although I was tripped up by her inner dialogue.  I listened to Audio, and the narrator did change her voice for this, unfortunately, it's difficult to pull off, even for an excellent narrator; and usually works much better in print format.  So, maybe, I should have read this one instead of listening.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~  4.3/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 3/5

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Book Cover~ This one and the Barbie doll-like cover are both perfect for the book.

Narration~ ☆4.5☆ is well done by Aoife McMahon

Setting~ Ballinatoom, Ireland

Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)

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review 2018-03-21 13:40
4.2 Out of 5 Never Stop, Never Forget Stars
Never Never - Colleen Hoover; Tarryn Fisher;

 

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Never Never

Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

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Charlize Wynwood and Silas Nash have been best friends since they could walk. They've been in love since the age of fourteen. But as of this morning...they are complete strangers. Their first kiss, their first fight, the moment they fell in love...every memory has vanished. "I don't care what our real first kiss was," he says. "That's the one I want to remember." 

Charlize and Silas must work together to uncover the truth about what happened to them and why. But the more they learn about the couple they used to be...the more they question why they were ever together, to begin with. 

"I want to remember what it feels like to love someone like that. And not just anyone. I want to know what it feels like to love Charlie."

 

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This is so much better when you have all three books in one.  No stopping…just reading straight through.  I read the first book in this series a while ago.  I liked it…but it was just too unfinished to get high enough rating from me. 

 

Never Never is a teen love story with a forever kind of feel.  I inevitably felt like I could have done without the blatant promiscuity between Charlie and Silas but their love story is super sweet, so I'll try to let it slide.  If you are turned off by stories that have a splash of paranormal then this might not work for you.  I myself, really enjoy stories like this, though.  Maybe, even more than full-blown paranormal…I just feel like I connect when it's more subtly done.

 

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4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

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Plot~4/5

Main Characters~ 4.2/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.2/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 4.3/5  Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Love the new cover for the combined books in the series.

Series~ Never Never (The Complete Series)

Setting~ NOLA

Source~ Own Kindle eBook

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review 2018-02-16 07:10
Blog Tour w/Review - The Dating Debate

 

 

 

About The Dating Debate:


Nina Barnes thinks Valentine’s Day should be optional. That way single people like her wouldn’t be subjected to kissy Cupids all over the place. That is, until her mom moves them next door to the brooding hottie of Greenbrier High, West Smith. He’s funny, looks amazing in a black leather jacket, and he’s fluent in Harry Potter, but she’s not sure he’s boyfriend material. 

 

West isn’t sure what to make of Nina. She’s cute and loves to read as much as he does, but she seems to need to debate everything and she has a pathological insistence on telling the truth. And West doesn’t exactly know how to handle that, since his entire life is a carefully constructed secret. Dating the girl next door could be a ton of fun, but only if Nina never finds out the truth about his home life. It’s one secret that could bring them together or rip them apart. 

 

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book is not for anyone who has to get in the last word, but it is for all book nerds, especially those who live next door to so called unapproachable gorgeous guys. There’s no debating the chemistry. 

 

Buylinks: https://entangledpublishing.com/the-dating-debate.html

 

 

 

Excerpt from The Dating Debate:

 

“So, this whole dance thing?” West picked up a fork, took a bite of rice, and stared at me like he was waiting for me to give him an easy out. Not going to happen. Mess with a smart girl and suffer the consequences.

 

“You started it,” was the most amusing response I could come up with.

 

“No.” He shook his head as if trying to emphasize his response. “You started it when you invited me in for dinner.”

 

“Why? Because I knew you’d rather eat dirt than join us for rice? That’s your fault for being a suck-up and carrying my mom’s food.”

 

“I was being nice,” he shot back.

 

“No good deed goes unpunished.” I batted my eyelashes at him. “Besides, I was going to help her before you rushed over.”

 

He looked at me like I was crazy. “So I shouldn’t have helped your mom, but it’s okay for you to shove Cole off on Vicky.”

 

“Please. He’s a nice guy. She’ll fall for him...maybe because he’s the total opposite of you.”

 

He pointed his fork at me. “Where do you get off judging me?”

 

“I’m not judging you. I meant you’re all black-leather- jacket-brooding loner guy, and he’s Mr.-Happy-Sunshine- everyone-is-my-friend.”

 

“Fine. Mr. Sunshine is out of the way now, so there’s no need for us to go to the dance.”

 

“Nice try,” I said. “We’re going to the dance.”

 

“Why?”

 

“Because you said we were,” I said. “And lying is never acceptable. Don’t stress about this. I’m not proposing we run off to Mexico and get matching his-and-her tattoos. We’ll just go to the dance together. No big deal.”

 

“Right. Nothing is ever that simple.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dating Debate (Dating Dilemmas, #1)The Dating Debate by Chris Cannon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nina thinks that certain holidays are just a bunch of hooey. She knows from personal experience that some relationships never work out. Instead, she tries to debate her surly neighbor and finds she may be attracted to him.

West is not sure what to make of his neighbor. She seems like an attractive person. She just always seems to take the opposition's position. Why do some women do that?

This was a book that had me laughing out loud at parts. These characters were fun to read. They do seem like opposites attract. The part where they compliment each other with their issues is a bonus.


***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publisher.

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About Chris Cannon:


Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series and the Boyfriend Chronicles. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts.


She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies. You can find her online at www.chriscannonauthor.com.

 

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review 2018-02-06 07:58
All She Ever Wanted
All She Ever Wanted - Lynn Austin

I didn´t get a change to review this when I finished it.  I think the site was down for maintenance or something.  

 

This book was so good that I have been feeling out of sorts since finishing it.  I miss it.  It is a Christian Fiction that wasn´t a flimsy romance story.  It wasn´t even just ONE story.  It started with one story and then gradually unfolded into several stories that intertwined and slowly revealed a total picture of one family.  No one knew all of the story but when they got together the pieces all fit.  

 

The story starts out with a mother who is having a very bad day.  She argued with her boss and walked out and now thinks she may be fired for it.  She was sitting in her car when she got the call that her teen daughter had been caught shoplifting at the mall.  Her husband decided to send her daughter to a counselor to see if they can help.  The counselor discovers that the daughter is acting out because she wants a closer relationship with her mother.   She said her mother never talks to her and she knows nothing of her mother´s family.  She wishes she knew her grandparents and aunts and uncles but her mom won´t speak of them.  One day in therapy the counselor wants her mother to join in on the session and the daughter pulls out a birthday invitation that had been crumpled up and tossed in the trash.  It was a party her aunt Annie was throwing for her grandfather.  She asked her mother why she doesn´t know her aunt or her grandfather and why she won´t go.  Finally, in an effort to repair her relationship with her daughter she decides to go.  She and her daughter go on a road trip and as they drive she tells her story, the story of her childhood.  

 

That is just the beginning though and as they arrive and meet more people they hear more stories and slowly begin to understand why people behaved the way they did.

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